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Our First Reaction to Robert Pattinson in ‘The Batman’ Trailer

August 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Last night, DC dropped the first trailer for the heavily anticipated The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, and the Internet is freaking out about how awesome it looks. This comes after months (or even years!) of speculation and questions about the casting of Twilight-famed British actor Robert Pattinson in the role of the edgy and mysterious Bruce Wayne. For those of us who have always known our beloved RPatz had the acting chops to take on the darker role (hello, Good Time or The Lighthouse, //

The Boys: Why We’re Excited for Jensen Ackles as Soldier Boy

August 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

Fan art by @BossLogic on Twitter After being the star of Supernatural for 15 years, Jensen Ackles is ready for a change. It was recently announced that Ackles would be joining the cast of Amazon’s The Boys in Season 3, which will likely debut in Fall 2021. For those who aren’t already fans, The Boys is a TV series based on Garth Ennis’ comic of the same name which explores the dark and corruptible side of superheroes, namely what happens when our beloved caped crusaders abuse //

How to Write Fanfiction When You Have Anxiety or Depression

April 4, 2020 // 2 Comments

Fanfiction writers are, by and large, solitary creatures. We feel deeply, read empathetically, and think critically. These introverted characteristics we tend to share can help us create rich story-worlds, compelling characters, and strong emotions in our writing. However, these characteristics can also bog us down if we’re suffering from mental illness — anxiety and depression are common experiences in today’s world and can make doing tasks like fanfiction writing seem impossible. //

5 Must-Read Wincest Fics

September 6, 2018 // 2 Comments

Wincest. The epic love story of Sam and Dean Winchester. And one of the most controversial (and popular!) ships in the Supernatural fandom. (Yes, we know they’re brothers.) Sam/Dean shippers come for all different types of kinks and tropes — some show up for their special familial bond (incest!kink, anyone?), some are here for some straight up Jensen/Jared fics (try Swesson or J2), and some get all heart-warmed and fuzzy for pre-series backstory (try Weecest). But regardless of //

Bury Your Gays: How a 1930s Hollywood Production Code is Killing Your Favorite LGBTQ Characters Today

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Note: The following article contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Orange is the New Black, and The 100. If you’re an LGBTQ television fan, chances are you’ve seen your favorite lesbian character killed off — Tara McClay, Poussey Washington, Commander Lexa, just to name a few. And if you’re part of gay fandom culture, you might also be familiar with the #LexaDeservedBetter and #LGBTFansDeserveBetter hashtag riots when The 100 killed off their beloved lesbian warrior in //

Fanspeak 101: The Ultimate Guide to Fandom Slang

August 15, 2018 // 3 Comments

Blurry words in a jumble
Fanspeak. Fannish jargon. Fandom language. Fanglage. Whatever you want to call it, fandom slang is a language of its own. Not only does fandom at large have a specialized vocabulary, but each individual fandom itself has its own jargon. Whether you’re talking about ships, tropes, or AUs, it can be difficult for newcomers to understand fandom terminology. But have no fear! FAN/FIC Magazine is here to save the day with an ultimate guide to fandom slang. This is by no means an exhaustive //

How to Interpret Your AO3 Fanfiction Data using Google Analytics

August 7, 2018 // 3 Comments

Tablet with data, charts, and graphs onscreen with a coffee mug in the background
You’ve written the words, you’ve developed the characters, now you’re ready to post your fanfiction online for the world to see. Most fanfic writers are perfectly content using the built-in statistics trackers on fanfiction archives like Fanfiction.net and Archive Of Our Own (AO3), but what if you want more? In our previous fanfiction data post, we showed you how to track AO3 fanfiction statistics using Google Analytics. But setting up codes to track your statistics //

Dean Winchester is the Bisexual Hero Supernatural Deserves

August 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dean Winchester wearing a medieval costume
Warning: Supernatural spoilers ahead. It’s been more than a decade. It’s been thirteen seasons of the Winchester brothers killing monsters along the lower forty-eight. Of booze-fuelled sex romps and bro hugs. Of monsters and men. And thirteen years has certainly taken its toll on Sam and Dean — they’ve been chewed up by Lucifer and spit out by the Almighty Chuck himself. Dean has been in dire straits since season four, when he returned from Hell — his alcoholism //

Reading Violence as Romance: The Twilight Saga & Fifty Shades

July 27, 2018 // 1 Comment

Let’s go back in time. Back to the 21st-century aughts, when vampires and werewolves ruled the airways, followed years later by women reading fifty shades of BDSM on city buses (replete with hide-a-book covers). Because I really want to talk about two of the biggest female-driven media phenomena of the last decade: the Twilight saga and Fifty Shades series. These two otherworldly tales aren’t just Hollywood blockbusters: these are popular texts that circulate across multiple mediums //

How to Track AO3 Fanfiction Statistics Using Google Analytics

April 23, 2018 // 14 Comments

We all know the addiction — the insatiable pull of the “Statistics” page as soon as you post a new fanfiction on Archive Of Our Own (AO3). The checking and rechecking and refreshing, hour after hour, day after day. How many people have read my fic? Did anybody give me kudos? Ooh, a comment! Tracking your statistics on AO3 can provide a lot of basic information about how your fic is being received. Indeed, hit counts, kudos, bookmarks, comments, and subscriptions are all well //